If you've just decided it's time to add a hardwood floor to your home or office space, the number of floor wood types available can be confusing. There are solid woods, parquet floors and engineered floors, just to name a few.
Some of the more popular floor wood types commonly available and their uses include:
Solid Wood Flooring
This is the type of flooring generally associated with hardwood floors. These 3/4" thick boards are up to 2 3/4" wide and are available unfinished or pre-finished at the factory. There are more than 50 different wood species available for solid wood flooring.
Engineered flooring is made by pressing several layers of thin wood strips together. Generally, engineered flooring is less expensive than solid wood flooring and often comes pre-finished.
This isn't really wood flooring at all, although you may often hear of it in the same context. Laminate flooring is made of synthetic materials with a computer-generated image of wood on the face of the flooring.
Parquet flooring is a mosaic of many small wood pieces fitted together to form a pattern, such as a herringbone design.
A type of solid wood flooring, plank flooring uses wide boards -- from 3" to 12" -- and gives a rustic country feel to a room.